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DORAN, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Breckenridge man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of a train south of Doran early Thursday, Nov. 15. The Minnesota State Patrol said a southbound Suburban was traveling on Highway 9 and went off the road, striking the side of a southbound train. The man's name has not yet been released. The collision occurred at around 8:50 a.m. The crash scene was about 10 miles southeast of Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge.
STANLEY, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of a 26-year-old Parshall man who was killed after his pickup collided with a semi-trailer on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on Highway 2 in western North Dakota. David Sopher was driving a westbound 2001 Silverado when it struck the right rear of the trailer, sending the pickup into a ditch, the patrol said. Sopher, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The semi-truck driver, 43-year-old Dwayne Reynolds of Kansas City, Mo., was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.
BISMARCK -- Low-income and disabled North Dakotans on the state’s Medicaid program will have improved access to addiction and mental health services under changes made by the state Department of Health. Working on regulations for improving access took over a year, said department officials.
STANLEY, N.D. - A 26-year-old Parshall man is dead after the pickup he was driving collided with a semi-trailer on Tuesday on Highway 2 in western North Dakota. A 2001 Silverado was westbound on Nov. 13 when it struck the right rear of the trailer, sending the pickup into a ditch, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The driver died at the scene, the patrol said. The semi-truck driver, a 43-year-old Missouri man, was not injured. The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. in Stanley.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office is warning consumers to be aware of phony “look-alike” charities. The Consumer Protection division recently received a judgment against several phony charities operating in the state.
FARGO — Stephanie J. Knuttila pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cass County District Court to one count of theft by deception for stealing more than $50,000 from the company she worked for in West Fargo. Based on a recommendation from prosecutors, Judge Susan Bailey imposed no jail time, but placed Knuttila on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to pay restitution of about $82,000.
FARGO — A West Fargo man pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to a felony charge of negligent homicide in connection with the death of an 8-month-old child in a bathtub in March. Spencer Warren Foner, who was 27 when he was charged last spring, was originally charged with manslaughter and child neglect. On Tuesday, the child neglect charge was dropped and the manslaughter charge was amended to negligent homicide.
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — Tuesday marked the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of a central South Dakota woman, and South Dakota law enforcement leaders say they are continuing to work the case. Rachel Cyriacks, age 30 at the time of her disappearance, went missing Nov. 13, 2013. A news release from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Tuesday noted the anniversary, and stated that tips and assistance in the case are still being sought.
BISMARCK - New information on annual English and math exam results in North Dakota will help parents evaluate the academic progress of their children, the state superintendent said Tuesday, Nov. 13. The information, called Lexile and Quantile Frameworks, is part of the North Dakota state assessment, Kirsten Baesler said. It will give parents valuable data on their childrens' reading and math skills. It will also aid students in setting advancement goals in both subjects, and help parents and teachers identify students who may need extra instruction.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police here have released the name of a pedestrian struck and killed by a train last week in downtown Moorhead. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Officer has identified the victim as Becky Lynn Bachmeier, 47, of Moorhead, police said. Based on information gathered, police said the death does not appear to have been an accident and no foul play is suspected. The incident occurred Nov. 5 near the 14th Street and Main Avenue crossing.